Music From Around The World: Viva La Flamenco, Exclusive Gadling Playlist

Even when we can’t travel, we can escape to other worlds thanks to music. Be it samba from Brazil or a good new indie dance band from France, music has the power to transport us no matter where we are – which is why we’re happy to bring you our new monthly playlist series.

Every month we’ll choose a theme, paired with one of our #ontheroad Instagram locations, and choose some of our favorite tracks, giving you a music-inspired playlist meant to inspire a little wanderlust.

This week we’re in Spain, so we’re bringing you Viva La Flamenco, a playlist full of Spanish flavor. Not all the songs are necessarily by Spanish artists, and not all of them are traditional flamenco songs, but it’s a playlist meant to put you in a Spanish mood, ready to dance, dream of tapas in a plaza and feel a little more upbeat.

Listen to the playlist on Spotify.Tracklist:

  1. Besame Mucho – Cesaria & Paulo
  2. Hanuman – Rodrigo y Gabriela
  3. Mucho Corazon – Martirio
  4. Como Salta la Espina (Buleria) – Canelita
  5. Barcelina – Giulia & Los Tellarini
  6. La Nina de Puerta Oscura – Paco de Lucia
  7. Tengo – Macaco
  8. A Mi Nino Jose – Michel Camilo & Tomatito
  9. Clandestino – Manu Chao
  10. El Manisero – Estrella Morente
  11. Malaguena Salerosa – Chingon
  12. Bonito – Jarabe de Palo
  13. Noviembre – La Bien Querida
  14. Solo Con Verte – Chano Dominguez
  15. Pokito a Poko – Chambao
  16. Para Qu No Se Duerman Mis Sentidos – Manolo Garcia

Photo Credit: bachmont

Photo of the Day: Duty free Flamenco

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After many years of international travel, I’ve learned that duty free isn’t necessarily a deal. Unless you’re a smoker or live in a country where alcohol is heavily taxed (like Turkey), you won’t find much value among the jumbo-sized Toblerone bars or rows of designer perfumes. But I still enjoy the ritual of browsing through the shop, trying some free samples, and maybe taking home a tasty piece of whatever country I’ve just visited. Some airports really step up their sales technique, like a flash mob in Beirut, or this pair of Flamenco dancers in Madrid, Spain spotted by Flickr user TaylorMcConnell. Not sure what they are selling, but I hope it’s a good bottle of Rioja.

See anything fun at an airport? Add your pix to the Gadling Flickr pool for a future Photo of the Day.

Photo of the Day (1/13/07)

Flamenco Dancer
For my Saturday evening photo of the day selection, I chose this one from StrudelMonkey. Taken in Seville, Spain last December he notes that flamenco is more than a folk music. “It embodies a complex musical and cultural tradition.” From the way the woman is moving, one can almost feel her thoughts and emotions seeping from her soles from what I imagine to be sweet sounds flowing from the Spanish guitar being played.